Every winter something wonderful happens at Potosi Pines Camp. This year on Martin Luther King weekend Elementary and Youth Winter Camp shared the facility and laughter, tears, energy, and stillness co-existed all around.
The mountain provided a spectacular snow-covered backdrop, a sight many summer campers had never seen, and it wrapped the weekend in a magical white blanket of stillness.
The youth focused on the theme “Resilient” and spent time thinking about subjects like Failing Effectively and Grit Making Pearls. Everyone had a chance to reflect on a time when they struggled, the Grit, but they prevailed successfully, the Pearls. Music such as ‘One Foot/Lead With Love’ and crafts and games filled the two and a half-day event.
The camp Villains’ Dance was a hit as costumes of all kinds appeared from every side, and laughter reigned. For one night the worst villains were lovable and had a chance to show their moves.
The campers and adults sat in support of each other as life’s stories were recounted and encouragement for those in the ‘gritty’ places was extended. Words of affirmation were offered to those who found themselves with a ‘pearl’ experience they could share. Surrounding it all was the awareness that God is with them through it all.
The Elementary campers explored “Made in His Image’ and what that might mean. Scriptures describing God and scriptures where God describes us were studied. Each camper learned that God loves, is creative, is forgiving, and is joyful. They created their own ‘buddies’ and learned to sew, draw self-portraits, did an amazing interpretive hike, made ‘my image’ boxes and were amazed at the things they could learn from Mr. PotatoHead. A pajama party with a hot chocolate bar was an evening favorite, along with the wonderful bedtime stories.
The campers came from many churches, and some with no church affiliation, and brought joy to all our hearts. Gratitude goes out to the many volunteers who helped by sharing their gifts and good natures, and to the
staff at Potosi. A safe place was created for all to grow, worship, love and be transformed, and I must believe that God himself smiled and laughed out loud at the joy that the weekend brought.